While De Gea was performing the heroics lays season, United’s forwards were registering the club’s second worst goals for tally in the Premier League era with just 62. Falcao has already left, and with a question mark hanging over the future of Robin van Persie, United need to sign at least world class striker to play alongside Wayne Rooney.
Enter Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, who has jumped to the top of Louis van Gaal’s wishlist. United believe that the 27-year-old Benzema, who has scored 123 goals in 241 appearances for Real and was a target for Sir Alex Ferguson when he was at Lyon, can be available from Madrid in the De Gea switch to fill the vacant number No.9 shirt.
New Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez is reportedly keen to former Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuaín back to the Bernabéu from Napoli, making Benzema expendable.
Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward met with Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema’s agent earlier this week.Woodward was seen with Karim Djaziri at The Savoy hotel in London on Wednesday evening.
A look the data shows why United are so interested in the French striker, who would be a marked improvement over the attacking options that van Gaal had last season.